Silvassa at a glance:
Coordinates:20.2763° N, 73.0083° E
How to reach:
- By Air: The nearest airport is at Diu seven km away. Daily flights connect Mumbai and Porbandar.
- By Train: Vapi is the nearest railway station at a distance of 17 km.
- By Road: The convenient way to reach Silvassa is through Western express highway also known as NH8.
Lying 45 kms away from Silvassa, Dudhni is a family picnic spot with opportunities for several leisure sports amongst the scenic beauty. Even the ride itself to the place is an amazing experience being flanked with the wounding roads and green slopes.
Hirwa Van Gardens
Literally meaning Green Forest, this name is a perfect description of this place. Hirwa Van Garden is a popular picnic spot with cascading waterfalls and colorful flowerbeds interspersed amongst the lush green gardens offering its visitors with mesmerizing sights.
Placed around a lake, this place can leave you spellbound for hours with its quaint wooden bridges, pretty thatched huts and paddle boat rides. The sea of flowers and the path within it provide an enjoyable track for joggers and health freaks.
A place that gives a feeling of being amongst the Swiss mountains, Khanvel is an epitome of sheer beauty with hills and terraced gardens adorned in the background offering enchanting views of the River Sakartod and the native cottages.
Lion Safari Wildlife Park
True to its name, this park is mostly visited for the lion safaris here. It is a part of the Dadra and Nagar Haveli Wildlife Sanctuary, spreading over an area of 25 hectares. It is also home to the Asiatic Lion.
Our Lady of Piety Church
Built in 1886-89, this church is a perfect showcase of Portuguese architecture. The exquisite design of this structure, which stands strong after all these years, is a testimony to the architectural skills.
Tapovan Tourist Complex
The famous historic temple of Lord Siva is located (18 Kms from Silvassa and 2 Kms from Khanvel) at Bindrabin and devotees make a bee line to seek blessing of the deity.
The Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is predominantly inhabited by the tribes of the region. The museum showcases their ornaments, musical instruments, fishing and hunting gadgets, agricultural and house hold articles and several other artifacts.
Vanganga Lake situated amidst the Island Gardens offers paddle boat rides for its visitors as well as a peaceful setting with flowerbeds and lush green gardens around the lake.
What to Eat in Silvassa :
Local Food and Cuisine
Silvassa is the place to be if you want to taste a bit of everything and indulge in countless options and a colourful, vibrant and almost surprising variety. The food of the local tribes here is rich and has numerous elements. Ingredients include Rice, Jowar, Pulses, Wild mushrooms, Bamboo shoots as and huge variety of vegetables. One also finds here preparations of crabs and river fishes as well as a teasing variety of Chutneys. One must try Ubadiyu which is prepared with herbs and vegetables as well as Khamman and Gamthi, which are chicken preparations. Other than this a number of places will serve Continental, Chinese, Punjabi, Parsi, Gujarati and Mughlai cuisines.